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Andrew Waterman Biography

(1940– ), The Living Room, From the Other Country, Over the Wall, Out for the Elements

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British poet, born in London, educated at Leicester and Oxford Universities. His collections of poems include The Living Room (1974), From the Other Country (1977), Over the Wall (1980), Out for the Elements (1981), Selected Poems (1986), and In the Planetarium (1990). The long title poem of Out for the Elements has been regarded as his finest single work; Waterman succeeds in making this imaginative itinerary through England and Ireland the vehicle for a rich fusion of personal reflections on the cultural condition of contemporary Britain. His writing frequently sustains a vigorous spoken idiom within precisely crafted arrangements of rhyme and metre. His residence in Northern Ireland, as lecturer at the New University of Ulster, Coleraine, has given rise to some penetrating commentaries on sectarian and political aspects of the Province. A keen chess player, he edited the anthology The Poetry of Chess (1982).

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